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The No7 range of cosmetics is a popular range for myself, and I find it has plenty of choice for what I want and need. When buying foundation and concealer together, I discovered it is best to apply make up with the proper tools and decided to invest in this.
No7 provide a number of brushes for different types of make up and the concealer brush is one of the basic brushes as it is one of the foundations of make up. The brush has a black handle with "concealer brush" written on in white so if you have a number of brushes, you know which brush is for what. The bristles at the end of the brush are a browny colour with white ends and make an oval shape at the end. The brush itself is quite easy to use and for best results, I always clean in warm soapy water after using to keep it clean and fresh. It does however hold water quite well and takes quite a while to dry.
This cool little'm e brush can be bought in most Boots stores for £8.
Whilst having my makeup applied, the lady told me that I should start using makeup brushes rather than my fingers or sponges because they are more hygienic and apparently you end up wasting less product. She seemed to know what she was talking about so I invested in a set.
I find this particular makeup brush to be unnecessary and, unlike my foundation and blusher brushes, I hardly ever use it. It cost me £8 which I think is quite a reasonable price as it is a good quality brush. Also, Boots regularly gives out £5 vouchers which is great and £3 for this brush is a really good price.
For me, the main problem with this brush is that it's too big for what it is used for. Also, even though I regularly clean all of my makeup tools, I don't like the idea of spreading germs around my face when I've been trying to cover acne. It is also a little rough for the delicate under eye skin and I don't think that this tool helps with under eye bags one bit as it pulls the skin no matter how softly you try to use it. Also, I end up having to use my fingers anyway to blend concealer into the skin so it seems futile to use the brush as well.
In the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, this No. 7 brush would be a valuable tool I'm sure, but for me, it was simply a waste of £8.
First off I liked this brush so much I ended up buying two. The £5 off No.7 products makes this product a steal at around £2.50, and even paying £5 more I wouldn't have felt cheated. I actually found out about this product from Lisa Eldrige's channel, she includes it in her essential brush kit. She is a professional make-up artist involved in a lot of fashion make-up, working for various celebrities and high fashion magazines such as Vogue, and is now also involved with Chanel make-up. She has helped to design a number of the No. 7 products, the brushes I have so far found to be the best in the make-up range.
What do I use this brush for?
Concealing - the current concealer I am using is the Benefit Bo-ing, this is a solid form of concealer. The brush can give good coverage, as the brush is quite large. Bristles are fairly firm, yet soft on the skin. The brush is also nicely tapered to get into small areas, such as the inner corner of your eye, and around the side of your nose. Both of these areas are the sorter of larger areas such as bags and discolouration, for small flaws, such as spots and blackheads I would personally use a finer concealer brush. If you're on a budget I'd recommend an e.l.f. brush to nicely complement the number seven brush.
Cream eyeshadow - this applies cream base eyeshadows really well, and has in fact this brush has replaced a ruby and millie eye shadow brush which I found scratchy on my eyelid and applied creams quite sheer. In comparison, the original application is often quite sheer, good for day wear, but can easily build up a number of layers for more dramatic looks. (I use Benefit cream, creaseless in a number of shades and all apply like this). I tend to use it more for base eye shadows or more dramatic looks, that involve the cream eyeshadow being higher than the socket line.
I ended up getting two so I didn't have to keep cleaning the brush in between, and actually the brushes are quite different. The one I used for concealing has a more tapered end, and is slightly flatter, I find this easier to get into awkward corners, and still provide even coverage fast. The one I use for eyeshadow is less tapered but fatter and narrower, this works better as I end up with eyeshadow closer to my lid, rather than my brow.
I regularly wash my brushes and have had virtually no fall out, and have held their shape well. This has been with washing using either baby shampoo or two in one shampoo. Baby shampoo is a very soft detergent, and the two in one conditions the brushes.
Look and feel - the black and gold is always a classic colour scheme, I always think it looks more expensive than black and silver. The gold metal bit isn't shiny more matte, and does feel a little cheap, but I didn't pay a lot for it. Bristles are cream with a brown tinge coming through, they look quite natural. The handles are quite broad and are light, I don't like heavy brushes, so I found these really easy to work with. On the handle it also says concealer in big gold letters, in case you forgot what it was for. Great for those that don't use make-up a lot or just beginnng. To differentiate my brushes I put a gold dot of nail varnish on my concealer brush.
When buying - as the brushes do differ I would try and compare, this can be done at one of the No.7 counters and find one that suits you, with regards to flatness, and how tapered you want your brush. From this counter they normally come in a card box. They can also be found near the false nails, eyelashes section, and they come in a plastic zip lock case, which would be quite good to travel with, but this is sealed so you can't test the brushes.
Overall Lisa Eldridge and the team at No.7 have done a great job with the brushes, I still have a couple more to complete my collection. Buy on the £5 off deal, and you have a make-up artist worthy brush at bargain basement price.